Citation: Amazon recalls portable chargers on reports of fires, burns (2018, March 13) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-amazon-recalls-portable-chargers.html Kohl’s to open Amazon shops inside some of its stores Explore further The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says Amazon received 53 reports of the chargers overheating, including one of a customer who was burned by battery acid. There were also four reports of property damage due to fire and smoke.The CPSC says customers should stop using the chargers and contact Amazon for a refund. Seattle-based Amazon.com Inc. says it is also contacting customers.The power banks, used to charge smartphones and other gadgets on the go, were sold at Amazon.com, Amazon book stores and Amazon pop-up shops between Dec. 2014 and July 2017. They cost between $9 and $40.Amazon says customers can request a refund through its website, amazonpowerbank.expertinquiry.com . © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Amazon is recalling 260,000 AmazonBasics portable chargers after reports that they can overheat and cause fires or burns. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.